180 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON M5V 3X3 416.977.6400 info@nbrestaurant.ca
Nota Bene



Canada's Best 100
The 100 Best Restaurants in Canada
March 19, 2015

Maclean's top 50
The 50 best restaurants in Canada
September 27, 2012

Toronto’s 25 Best Burgers: #4 Jennifer’s Stilton Brisket Burger
May 16, 2012

Talk of the Town Award
Nota Bene wins the 2011 Talk of the Town Award for Excellence In Customer Satisfaction April 12, 2011

Now Toronto
Best Business Lunch
November, 2010

Independent Restaurateurs Of The Year January 18, 2010

Toronto Life
David Lee Takes Home Top Honours
November 20, 2009

Toronto Life
Top Ten New Restaurants
April 2009

Where Magazine
Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants
December 18, 2008

enRoute Magazine
Nota Bene: Canada’s Best New Restaurant
November 2008

The awards below have been received by David Lee for Splendido.

Mobil Travel Guide
Four Star Award

Four Diamond Award

VQA Award of Excellence

press  RECENT | 2009 | 2008

Six Toronto restaurants
to excite foodies

May, 2013

Un recorrido gastronómico por las mejores mesas de la capital de Ontario
February, 2013

Chef David Lee eats his way across Northern Spain
February, 2013

Insider's Guide to Toronto
June, 2012

Joanne Kates' 100 Best Restaurants
December, 2011

New York Resident
Sips And Cinema In Toronto
November 14, 2011

The Gazette
Movember is here! Mo bros unite worldwide to battle prostate cancer
November 4, 2011

Toronto Life
Toronto's five best steak frites
October 26, 2011

Eating Out Loud
David Lee at The Spice Market
September, 2011

Hg2 A Hedonist's Guide
Modern Canadian fusion
August, 2011

Travel Time Chile
Toronto - Close and Friendly
August, 2011

Toronto Life
Inside the meticulously organized fridge of David Lee, the co-owner and chef at Nota Bene
July 4, 2011

Globe & Mail
What does ‘Canadian barbecue’ mean?
July 01, 2011

Globe & Mail
Grilled B.C. spot prawns with sweet English peas
May 27, 2011

Philadelphia Magazine
Island-Hopping in Toronto - Explore a city and its islands all in one weekend
April, 2011

Globe & Mail
Rabbit with glass noodles and bean curd
January, 2011


DV! La Revista
Consistencia Culinaria
December, 2010

Canadian Wagyu Beef Burger
November, 2010

Chef David Lee goes wild in his own kitchen
November, 2010

Toronto Life
Weekly Lunch Pick: the soft shell crab BLT
November, 2010

Planeta Urbano
Toronto, Cosmopolitan City - November, 2010

Toronto, cosmopolita y mágica
October 3, 2010

Note Bene
February 2010

On The Town: Nota Bene
February 24, 2010

Lucy's Kitchen:
Winning Dishes

January 18, 2010


Lee's simplicity wins golden plate
November 24, 2009

Toronto Life
David Lee Takes Home Top Honours
November 20, 2009

Winnipeg Free Press
Westerners, it's time to lose the anamosity
October 3, 2009

Globe & Mail
Canadian Wagyu beef burger
May 20, 2009

Toronto Life
Top Ten New Restaurants
April 2009

The Globe and Mail
Joanne Kates's Top 5 Restaurants
February 28, 2009

The National Post
Flu season is here? Quick! To the restaurant!
February 25, 2009

Toronto Life
Bread Winner
January 2009


The Globe and Mail
2008's best eats
December 27, 2008

Where Magazine
Canada's Top Ten New Restaurants
December 18, 2008

Taste T.O.
Notre Benediction
September 4, 2008

Take note of Nota
August 19-26, 2008

Luxury even for not-so-high rollers
August 09, 2008

The Globe and Mail
Flavour savers for all seasons - by David Lee
July 16, 2008

The press articles below have been received by David Lee for Splendido Restaurant which he owned from 2001 to June 2009.



The Globe and Mail
David Lee: Grilled goat cheese panini with tomato consommé
September 3, 2008

Reuters Life
Chef David Lee carves out Canadian cuisine
April 8, 2008

Chef David Lee: Baked Pacific halibut filet
April 2, 2008

Toronto Life
Best Wine Lists
April 2008

Opinionated About Dining
Fine Dining Survey - March 12, 2008

Montreal Gazette
David Lee at Toqué!
February 28, 2008

David Lee: Turning a tough cut into a tender delight - Feb. 20, 2008

FASHION Magazine
Editor's Picks: Most romantic date spots
February, 2008

A once rare delicacy yours to discover
January 16, 2008

Top Tables of 2007: Splendido Best Restaurant - Dec. 2007

Wish Report
Muita mordomia, Serviço é o forte do restaurante Splendido - Dec. 2007

Globe and Mail
A high-maintenance piglet yields succulent pork - Nov. 14, 2007
Article by Chef David Lee

Cuisine & Wine Asia
Trailing The
Seasoned Path

November 1, 2007

Globe and Mail
Bloody fine steak - September 26, 2007
by Chef David Lee

nwa World Traveler
Cosmo Toronto
October, 2007

Globe and Mail
Haute cuisine?
It's in the bag

September 5, 2007

Washington Post
Travel Postcard From Tom - Sept. 2, 2007

The Toronto Sun
Penfolds' luxury wines simply Splendido
September 2, 2007

Wine Access
The Top 100: Canada’s Best Restaurants
August/September, 2007

National Post
Canadian cuisine's tipping point
August 04, 2007

Globe and Mail
My 400-kilogram fish tale
June 20, 2007 - Article & Video by David Lee

Globe and Mail
Pale spears,
pure pleasure

May 9, 2007

Toronto Life
Mother's Day Guide
May, 2007

Weekend.ca Montreal
Plaisirs culinaires à TORONTO
Vol 4, No. 4, 2007

Toronto Life
Restaurant Guide:
Star Power

April, 2007

Toronto Life
Food of Love: Splendido serves up romance
April, 2007

Toronto Life
Sous City
February, 2007


Consuming Passion
November/December, 2006

Where Magazine
10 Top Toques
November, 2006

National Post
Small dishes, big names
September 23, 2006

Wine Access
Ontario’s Best Splurge
September, 2006

The New York Times
August, 2006

Sing Tao Weekly
August 26, 2006

New York City Tourist
Splendido: Editor's Choice - August, 2006

August, 2006

August, 2006

Toronto Star
AFTER FIVE - A little touch of luxury
Sunday, July 30, 2006

A Breed Apart
August/September, 2006

Norther Exposure
September, 2006

Zagat Survey
Toronto Restaurants Survey - July 18, 2006

The Globe and Mail
A fine mix of ingredients goes into the home of a master chef - Jun 2006

Respect the Farmers
June/July, 2006

Nuvo Magazine
NUVO Editors' Top 5 Canadian Restaurant
June, 2006

National Post Toronto
Summertime and the feastin’ is easy - May 20, 2006

The Bayview Post
Wine Finds: Raise a glass to the sexiest stemware - May 2006

The Globe and Mail
Chef Confidential - Toronto Stars’ Travel Tastes - April 8 2006

The Sommeliers: The BEST of All
April/May 2006

Atomic Chefts
February 13, 2006

Restaurant News
Beverage News
January 2006

Tell the chef how to cook
January 4, 2006

Post City Magazines
Style vs. Substance
Winter 2005/2006

The James Beard Foundation
Letter 2005
November 3, 2005

Toronto Life
Restaurant Guide
Splendido - 4 Stars

October 2005

Wine Access
Cooking for James Beard
September 2005

National Post
Best of Canada:
Best place to eat

Sept. 10, 2005

National Post
counter cachet

July 6, 2005

Dining Out
Kitchen Talk:
Chef David Lee

Winter 2004/2005

Where Magazine
Our city’s culinary crown jewel - November 2004

National Post
Wall Street of vegetables
October 30, 2004

Post City Magazines
The city’s snappiest
small plates


Toronto Life
Hail to the Chefs: The year's most memorable meals - April 2002

patron feedback

Dr. Ron & Mrs. Nina Fuller

Lola Kerecki

Rebecca Kingston

The patron feedback below has been received by David Lee for Splendido Restaurant which he owned from 2001 to June 2009.

Mirabel Chua Lee

Lorrie Perez Torreda

Manuela Uribe
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dick Lim

Christopher Fabricius

Happy New Yorkers

Marilyn Shabot


Christine Davis

Marilyn Guerdan
Ascension Health

Jamie Black